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The topic I chose to do my paper on is the sexual abuse of children I plan to look at the trends of sexual abuse in Canada and the ways in which children could be abused or exploited I also will give some opinions on the things I think could be changed to help stop the sexual abuse of children According to the UN Convention sexual abuse or exploitation is the inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity the exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices and the exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials1 Therefore by ratifying the UN Convention Canada has the responsibility to uphold any laws set forth in the convention I first would like to talk about the trends of sexual abuse in Canada and some of the ways in which victims can be harmed by being sexually abused According to a study conducted from July 1980 to April 1984 there were three hundred and fifty-two cases of sexual abuse reported 301 of these cases were of women and the other 51 cases were men The age in which there was the most reports of sexual abuse was between three to five years old and the relationship the victim had with the offender was most often that of a family friend2 By the mid nineties the frequency of childhood sexual abuse ranges widely from one study to another The range was from six percent to sixty two percent of all adult women and from three to sixteen percent of all adult men who say they were sexually abused as a child3 A table shown on the next page shows the statistics of sexual abuse against children in 1994 compared to other types of crimes against children4 Children most at risk of sexual offences Children were at greater risk of some form of sexual offence in
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